A Non Believer
For me, Potter-dom started as it does for most non-readers, with the movies. This “visual story” was released in 2001, so that’s dating back 15 years ago. The book released four years earlier, is getting close to it’s 20th anniversary. Working at the theater gave me a glimpse into a storyline that can only be rivaled by boy-band pandemonium.
Midnight shows at the theater sold out fairly quick and it always made me laugh internally. I hadn’t read any of the books at that point (Goblet of Fire had just been published) and I didn’t understand it. A few “readers” at work were stoked at the theatrical release. Their excitement made me wonder what the story of a little wizard boy was all about.
Reading on my part didn’t start until a few years ago. A long commute and an audiobook account helped me get into “reading” finally. We mentioned Harry and the stories on the first Pages Pod/Caste episode and that sort of got the provential ball rolling. Our resident Potter expert, Sean Smith, glows when you mention Harry and friends. Recently, I have made a few new friends who are huge Harry Potter fans at my work. This led to my co-worker asking which “house” I belonged to. I laughed and said “Hufflepuff, probably.” She informed me I should use the Sorting Hat on Pottermore.
Now, I should preface this with, I assumed from watching the movies I would be in Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw. Due to placing the house characteristics on real life high schoolers, this was my assumption. I feel like deep down I’m a decent, friendly person who loves learning. At least I should be a Huffle-Claw or Raven-Puff.
The World Came Crashing Down
No. No, no. the sorting hat laughed and had a differing opinion.
The moment the Pottermore Sorting Hat was finished, it placed me side by side with Draco Malfoy. As Smith pointed out, we have the same initials. Slytherin was the house that it gave me. Time to dye my hair black. Or bleach it, like my brethren.
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After the initial shock, I messaged the crew about my housing. I think they wanted to find a new member of Pages at that moment. They all tried the Sorting Hat as well… they ended up not where they originally thought they should either.
My recent fixation into the wizard world has reignited Smith’s original childhood obsession with the story line. Vivid memories of going to the book releases stick with him to this day. He was the perfect age to “grow” with Harry, Hermione, and Ron. For me, I will always be a child at heart when it comes to stories like this. J.K. knows how to bring out our inner child and make us want to learn magic.
Currently just completing The Chamber of Secrets, I have started a compare and contrast of the books and film. It’s funny and enlightening to see the other side of the wall.
I’m in love with the other side of the wall… the grass is greener in my mind.